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[Comment] GBD 2013: a window into the world of young people

Between continuing threats to child survival in many low-income countries and increasing pressures of ageing populations on health systems almost everywhere, the health needs of young people aged 10–24 years are all too readily bypassed. This neglect of an age group assumed to be at the prime of life represents a myopic standpoint with far-reaching consequences. It denies attention to pervasive inequities in the health of young people, past and present, with serious ramifications for future population health.